Sunday, March 11, 2012

Two-Room Schoolhouse, Carpenter, Mississippi

Carpenter, Mississippi, is a small farming community about 4 miles south of Utica, in Copiah County. At the corner of Highway 18 and Dentville Road stands a wood schoolhouse.

According to Preservation in Mississippi, the school dates from 1921 and was built according to State Plan No. 3 N.S. As you can see, it is is poor condition, but 10 years ago, it was reasonably intact.

Like all schools in the pre-air-conditioning and pre-electricity era, it featured large windows to let in the light and air. It must have been cheerful for students to be surrounded by nature, and maybe a bit distracting. Let's see: modern air-conditioned school with high walls that looks like prison architecture versus cheerful cottage with expansive windows and natural light.

If anyone can tell me more about this site, I welcome the information.

(All photgraphs taken with a Panasonic G1 camera with 14-45 mm G Vario f/3.5 lens, tripod-mounted. The map (Figure 1) is from ESRI® ArcMap GIS software.)


  1. If there is a dog in there, to beware of, then these folks should probably be investigated. Union!

  2. I did a post about this school and its "twins" a while back:

    It was built in 1921 and is an early standardized plan disseminated by the State Dept. of Education. I have been sad to watch it fall into this state--10 years ago it was in pretty good shape.

  3. My grandmother and most of her siblings actually attended school here. She still lives right down the road. I appreciate that you have photos to document - it is sadly gone now.